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Cost-You-Less Lasagne

Preparation: 10 mins

Cooking: 45 mins

Serves 4, costs under £4.00


  • 8 (400g) Reduced Fat Pork Sausages
  • ¼ Bag (200g) Frozen Spinach
  • 1 Pot (200g) Reduced Fat Crème Fraîche
  • 1 Tablespoon (10g) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 (150g) Onion
  • 2 (6g) Garlic Cloves
  • 6 (120g) Lasagne Sheets
  • ½ Pot (250g) Passata
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) Tomato Puree
  • 1 Teaspoon (1g) Dried Mixed Herbs
  • 5 Tablespoons (50g) Grated Reduced Fat Mature Cheddar

Allergy Disclaimer

Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.

Cost Disclaimer

Please note the cost per serving may now be slightly higher due to rising prices in supermarkets.


  1. Set the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan oven / 350°F / gas mark 4.
  2. Split the sausages along their length and remove the skins.
  3. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. 
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and add the sausages. Break up and mash the meat with a wooden spoon whilst frying for 5-10 minutes until brown.
  5. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and fry for around 5 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in the spinach and crème fraîche.
  7. Place the lasagne sheets in a baking tray or large bowl (in a single layer if possible), cover them with boiling water and allow them to soften for about 5 minutes. Don't let the sheets overlap and stick together.
  8. While the lasagne sheets are soaking, mix together the passata, tomato puree and mixed herbs in a large jug.
  9. Grate the cheese.
  10. Drain the lasagne sheets.
  11. Put half of the tomato mixture in the bottom of an ovenproof dish, then a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by a layer of the sausage and spinach mixture.  Repeat these layers and finish with a sprinkle of cheese.  
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, and serve hot.

Try wholemeal lasagne to increase fibre content and add some other vegetables to boost your 5 a day.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 342g serving

Energy Kcals
Energy Kj
9.5 g
32.5 g
Total Fat
5 g
17.2 g
Saturated Fat
2.4 g
8.1 g
11.9 g
40.8 g
Total Sugars
2.5 g
8.7 g
NSP Fibre
1 g
3.4 g
184 mg
629 mg
0.5 g
1.6 g

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